Neil Turner's Blog

Blogging about technology and randomness since 2002

Life update

Hari commented earlier that I hadn’t done one of these in a while, and since I’m a little uninspired post-wise right now it can help fill up some blogging quota 🙂 .

  • My exams are over! I had my last one yesterday, which went quite well. It was about cryptography, and 25% of the paper was on SHA-1, which was unexpected but I think I got it mostly right. Today I also had a presentation which mostly went okay..
  • Hari and I went out for an early evening meal tonight, and we both managed to stuff ourselves silly. I felt incredibly bloated for about half an hour after eating. I’m now in a computer lab in the university while she’s next door rehearsing for a play. It’s in March but I gather there’s a lot to be done over the next 6 weeks.
  • Tomorrow we’re going out somewhere for the day – either Leeds or Manchester – just really to have a day off and away from Bradford. Though I generally like Bradford, it’s often good to get away sometimes too.
  • If you were hoping that I’d be selling my Dad’s old laptop on eBay sometime soon then I’m afraid I already have a buyer, so I’ll be spending the next couple of days re-installing Windows on it. It’s going to a friend of mine, who I trust quite a lot, so I won’t need to properly wipe the hard disk first (which will take ages).
  • I’m being told by 123-reg (with whom is registered) that I cannot afford not to register, as apparently I need to ensure that my brand is protected. At £15 upfront, plus a £15 fee for the first year (and every year after that), I think I’ll pass and let some other Neil Turner register it if they really want to.


  1. Don’t you get sick of all these new domains like . Oh, wait a sec…

  2. Ooh ooh ooh – come to Leeds! The Commonplace are doing a Venezuela night with films, vegan food, talks, alcohol and music and then back to Bradford and the Shearbridge to finish the night off.
    And if I’d realised you were doing that exam I’d probably have told you it’s always the same as last year except that one question which alternates.
    Mmm, meal – I’m off to go cook.

  3. LOL, tell me about it. I downloaded the past papers from e-pository (obligatory blog entry about it coming up) and saw a number of consistencies. Sure made revising much easier…

  4. Listen to this.
    A man was walking along when, all of a sudden, he sawstormclouds on the horizon. Stormclouds getting closer and closer. They arrived overhead and poured down a blistering ice-cold freezing rain. A rain so cold you would freeze your very life away if you didn’t run for it. So the man ran for dear life, leaving everything behind, and reached the doorway of his house and
    pulled out a Key. A Key that he had been holding in secret the entire time. He unlocked the door and escaped into happiness, safety, and security with his family.
    A man was making a journey into the desert and his sole possession as he entered the desert was a canteen filled with the Water of Life. As he climbed over the first sanddune, his thirst started acting up, so he filled up the cap and took a drink. And as he climbed over the next sanddune, his thirst started acting up again, so he took off the cap and took a drink. And he
    climbed over the next dune and his thirst started
    acting up again, so he took off the cap and took a drink, carefully rationing the Water the entire
    journey through the desert. Until he climbed over the final sandune and, lo and behold, a beautiful oasis filled with lush greenery, tall palm trees, and an everflowing river filled with the Water of Life.
    One more…
    There was a man walking along a forest trail. Smelling the flowers, admiring the pinetrees, just going about his business. When, all of a sudden, he spied a man standing in the distance with something fluttering in his hand. So he ran to the man and asked him, “Excuse me, sir. I’m a little out of breath, but I was wondering who you are and what’s this thing in your hand?” And the man replied, “Well, sir, I’m a park ranger and this here in my hand is a guide. A guide to
    help you through the forest.” So the man took the
    guide, opened it up, and it read: Point A to Point B Through the Forest. So he walked using the guide and he found his way through the forest and out the other side.
    There was a man walking along a beachfront when all of a sudden he came across a cliff face. Easily a hundred feet tall. Tallest cliff the man had ever seen. And on top of that cliff, he saw a man motioning for him to climb up the mountain. So the man starts off and begins climbing up the cliff. Rock over rock and gets
    halfway up and reaches a dead end. So he goes back to the bottom and tries again. Rock over rock and reaches another dead end. So he goes to the bottom and tries again. Rock over rock and reaches yet another dead end. By this time, he starting to get a little frustrated. Pulling his hair out, about ready to quit and give up, he goes to the bottom of the mountain and calls out to the man he saw before.
    “I NEED HELP!”
    So the man at the top calls back, “Then, son, close your eyes. Walk ten step to the left. Walk forward twenty paces and take another ten paces forward. Now, open your eyes.” So the man does it and opens his eyes and, lo and behold, he sees an easy path up the mountain that had
    been there the entire time that he never noticed
    because he never bothered to ask for help.
    And finally…
    There’s a Father and a child and the Father goes
    through the trouble of handcrafting a beautiful wooden rocking horse for the child. He goes through the trouble of putting little dots on the eyes. He paints on the hair in the finest detail. Sands it down by hand. He makes it perfect in every way. And gives it to the child as a gift. But the child takes one look
    at it and kicks it over, stomps on it, carves his
    initials onto the side. In short, he totally trashes the gift that was given to him. So, as a result, the Father is forced to send the child to bed without his supper.
    I love you.
    -The Messiah